Balinese authorities have confirmed that the resort island has been plagued by African swine fever (ASF) following the deaths of nearly 1,000 pigs in the province over the past few months. Despite the outbreak, authorities claim they have successfully contained the spread of the disease, as there have been no more pigs dying in the last few days.
Farmers in Indonesia have over the last few years grown enough rice for more than 20 million people using plants developed through the country’s plant mutation breeding program. The program first took root through collaboration with the IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1997 and has since grown into a comprehensive partnership network that brings the results of scientific research with nuclear techniques to farmers’ fields.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has launched a recovery programme to help more than 70,000 Indonesian farmers and fishers grow food and fish again following a series of disasters that just over a month ago devastated their lives, the FAO said. Over the next three months, FAO aims to reach 50,000 farmers with vegetable seeds, fertilizers and small hand tools, such as shovels and hoes.
Indonesian poultry farmer Yohanes Sugihtononugroho faced ruin four years ago when plummeting prices forced him to slaughter all 100,000 of his chickens and shutter his business. He blamed large-scale poultry farmers who carried out a mass cull after their birds fell sick, flooding the market and sending prices tumbling.
Hundreds of hectares of potato fields in Dieng, the Banjarnegara regency (Central Java) suffered from hail last Friday. Such a weather phenomenon would usually kill the potato plants, said local farmers. According to residents, the temperature dropped to -5o Celsius early on Friday morning, causing hail that was more intense and more widespread than a few days before.
Annual expected damages from floods could double without the coastal protection benefits afforded by coral reefs, while annual storm damages could triple, according to a new study by Nature Communications. The study identified coral reefs as a vital component of coastal protection for both people and property, and calculated that, for 100-year storm events, flood damages would increase by 91% to $272 billion if reefs were to disappear.
Shrimp farmers now enjoy full protection from the government against potential harvest failure caused by diseases, fungus or even natural disasters. Under a new insurance scheme worked out by the Financial Services Authority (OJK) and the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, the government will pay for the entire premium, rather than just 80 percent, as in the past.
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